Nurse Executive

Help shape the healthcare industry and lead it into the 21st century and beyond. Among all the leadership roles in healthcare, a nurse manager has the most direct impact on the care and service that patients and families receive throughout their healthcare experience. In Walden’s Post-Master’s Certificate in  Nurse Executive program, you can leverage your knowledge and experience to gain the advanced competencies needed to move into a leadership position.

Prepare to help ensure the delivery of safe, effective healthcare through coursework designed to hone skills in coaching, motivating, and leading a professional team while developing administrative expertise and decision-making skills in the areas of quality assurance and effective oversight of organizational resources. Optional fieldwork experience also provides an opportunity to apply your learning in a real-world environment.

The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE*) believes that nurse managers at all levels must be competent in the following five attributes:

  • Communication and relationship-building, including influencing behaviors and supporting diversity.
  • Superior knowledge of the complex and ever-changing healthcare environment, including clinical practice, delivery models, healthcare economics, policy, governance, evidence-based practice, safety, risk management, and quality improvement.
  • Leadership, including foundational and systems thinking, succession planning, and change management.
  • Professionalism, including professional and personal accountability, career planning, ethics, and advocacy.
  • Business skills, including marketing and financial, human resource, strategic, and information management.


An Opportunity to Make a Difference

With upper-level management positions serving as the driving force in improving the future of healthcare, this Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing program can help you lead and shape the industry. For nurses with a master’s degree, earning a Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing adds greater depth and value to your portfolio and increases your level of professional respect and recognition.

Make a difference by developing in-demand skills in the areas of leadership and management. By completing this program, you can bring a much sought-after skill set to your organization. Gain knowledge of workforce development, resource alignment, and technology integration in order to maintain and improve patient care.

Completion Requirements

  • 28 total quarter credits
  • Optional practicum (5 cr.)

This sequence represents the minimum credits to completion. Credits to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.


Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 6002/6003 Course Transition to Graduate Study for Nursing Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6201 Course Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6211 Course Finance and Economics in Healthcare Delivery Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6221 Course Managing Human Resources Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6231 Course Healthcare Systems and Quality Outcomes Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code NURS 6241 Course Strategic Planning in Healthcare Organizations Credits (5 cr.)

Practicum Course (Optional)

Students in the Post-Master’s Certificate in Nurse Executive program may elect to earn practicum experience by adding an optional course, NURS 6600 (144 practicum hours), to their program of study:
Course Code Course Credits
Course Code NURS 6600 Course Capstone Credits (5 cr.)
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